Saturday, April 30, 2011

Limitless: Ten things I learned watching Limitless with Bradley Cooper

Don't read this if you haven't seen Limitless yet.The movie is pretty good.

1. NZT enables the person who ingests it to use 100% of his brain instead of the normal 10-20%.

2. If one could use 100%, he would not bother with levitation, telekinesis, or time travel. He would think it is more fun to wow people with his vast knowledge at parties.

3. NZT is powerful but it won't help you to remember to pay off the Russian gangster who will kill you if you don't repay him.

4. You can sprint on ice without sliding.

5. When being chased on ice by a man looking for NZT, grab the nearest little girl and swing her into the stalker.

6. If you run out of NZT, simply drink the blood of someone who has just taken it.

7. When the Russian gangster demands NZT, instead of giving it to him, making him smarter, you might consider giving him poison instead.

8. Keep every one of your NZT pills in your jacket so that anyone can easily take it. That is much more secure than a safe.

9. An $8 million safe house won't protect you from Russian gangsters with chainsaws.

10. The hero of the story is the only one who thinks up the idea to make more pills.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: 5 Reasons Cincinnati Bengals Should Not Draft A.J. Green

The Cincinnati Bengals have the fourth pick in the 2011 NFL draft on Thursday, April 29th. Many experts are thinking that the Bengals will take A.J. Green from Georgia. Green seems to think the Bengals will choose him too.
The Bengals need Green because 11-year veteran Chad Ochocinco has played his last down as a Bengal. Green is a quick and explosive route-runner who looks like a ready-made No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL.
However, here is why the Bengals should not take him.

1. Backwards Team Building

 Taking a wide receiver is the way to build a team backwards. Sure, Green represents great value at the spot, being a top-notch receiver. However, the Bengals have issues at the QB position, the offensive line, the defensive line and possibly running back.
The Bengals should build from the inside out rather than the outside in.

2. The Bengals Have Wide Receivers

The Bengals already have a quick and explosive wide receiver. His name is Jerome Simpson. Simpson had a terrific month in December 2010 and is ready to take over the No. 1 spot.
Aside from Simpson, the Bengals have Jordan Shipley, Jermaine Gresham and Andre Caldwell. The four of them should prove to be reliable targets for the Bengals' quarterback.

3. Facts About Wide Receivers

Since 2001, 40 wide receivers have been taken in the first round. Not all of them are bad, but the success rate isn't good. Only six teams in 2010 were led in receiving yards by a player they picked in the first round.
Furthermore, receivers don't put wins up. Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson were high picks and are as good as anyone at the position. However, they have not made much difference when it comes to winning games.

4. Crazy Money

The amount of money required to sign a wide receiver chosen at No. 4 will be tremendous. The Bengals just don't need to pay those crazy sums of money to get good production out of the position. They will be smart to pick up a wide receiver later in the draft, where they can get more value.

5. Spread the Ball Around

In 2009, the Bengals made the playoffs with a good running game and improved defense. The passing game dropped off that year. The vertical passing game may be the least important part of the 2011 Bengals.
The 2011 Bengals will also be a running team. Jay Gruden (pictured), the new offensive coordinator, and Mike Brown have both said this.
In the passing game, they will need to spread the ball around to be successful. A high pick like Green (who has never put up 1,000 yards in college) will get the ball thrown his way whether it makes sense or not.

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Making sense of DeAndre Liggins’ decision to leave Kentucky

Out of the three Kentucky players who declared for the NBA draft, the biggest surprise is DeAndre Liggins. A recent column advised Liggins to go based on the fact that his stock can't get any higher.

Click here for the details.

UK basketball leads nation in attendance again

Kentucky led the nation in average home attendance for the 15th time in 16 years. The Wildcats averaged 23,603 per game. Syracuse was second at 22,312.

Check out the rest of this story right here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cincinnati Reds: Jay Bruce has hit only 3 line drives in 2011

Bruce is off to a horrible start and is reaching base at a lousy .286 clip so far this year, slugging just .338, and helping none of his fantasy owners. The batted-ball data isn't pretty, either. Through 84 plate appearances, Bruce has somehow hit only three line drives.

 Check it out: Yahoo article about Jay Bruce's suckishness

Friday, April 22, 2011

Is Cincinnati Reds closer Francisco Cordero overrated?

P -- Francisco Cordero, Reds. He's third among active pitchers with 299 career saves, but he's hardly a lights-out closer with a 3.23 career ERA and 1.36 WHIP. He's proof that a lot of guys could rack up 200-plus saves if given the opportunity.
Read the rest (if you care) here.

Donald Trump: Will he run for president?

Some dude on CNN says here that Donald Trump's run for president is a publicity stunt.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sammy Hagar Red book review: 28 Things I learned from reading Red

  1. His father was a drunk who would go on drunken binges and not be around for extended periods of time.
  2. He got married in 1968 and had his first child in 1970.
  3. Sammy says that he dreamed that aliens downloaded the information from his brain and uploaded information to his brain. In interviews, he now says that it really happened.
  4. He is fascinated that when you take the number 137, add 7 + 3 and get 10, then add 1 you get 11. Then the 11 is 1 + 1 = 2.
  5. Sammy played with various California bands like Skinny, the Fabulous Castillas, Justice Brothers, and Dust Cloud before joining Montrose.
  6. Hagar and his wife Betsy got by on welfare and food stamps while getting his music career started. If it were not for the public assistance they received, he probably would not have been able to pursue his dreams. The next time someone argues that they should get rid of welfare, tell them that welfare is indirectly responsible for “Three Lock Box” and see what they come back with.
  7. After Hagar was kicked out of Montrose, he received a $5,100 royalty check. He had no job but felt confident in his ability to get back on his feet (and had the welfare system to back him up in the meantime) so he spent $5,000 of it on a Porsche. He would drive the Porsche to the welfare office to pick up his checks.
  8. Sammy thinks Sly Stone is a prick
  9. He recorded a new album every year from 1976 to 1984: Nine on a Ten Scale, Sammy Hagar, All Night Long, Danger Zone, Street Machine, Musical Chairs, Standing Hampton, Three Lock Box, and VOA. He went on a tour for each one. The first six had decent sales but Standing Hampton was his first platinum solo album.
  10. During the early days, Sammy thought receiving oral sex did not violate the vows of marriage.
  11. Hagar was offered the classic Bob Seger hit “Night Moves” but couldn’t make it work so he gave it back.
  12. He toured with Kiss in 1977 and showed his private parts during a show when he was angry at the audience.
  13. Hagar made many business investments: fire sprinklers, bikes, flannel shirts, a cantina, a tequila company, and a bar and grille.
  14. Sammy writes a lot that he is off drugs then a couple pages later, he is snorting cocaine or smoking weed.
  15. The song “I Can’t Drive fifty-five” was not a huge hit but was a concert favorite and got Sammy out of speeding tickets because the cops loved him and the song.
  16. Sammy thinks David Lee Roth looks gay.
  17. He thinks that Van Halen only performed eight songs on the 1984 tour when a simple web search for the set list shows that they did plenty more than that.
  18. Mick Jones of Foreigner produced Van Halen’s 5150 album and helped Hagar sing an octave above where he normally sang.
  19. On the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge tour, the four members of Van Halen had a tent under the stage. During the show Sammy would have roadies bring girls to his tent. They would wait there naked for Sammy to appear during Eddie Van Halen’s 20 minute guitar solo. He had “brutal sex” with five or six girls during the solo. When the solo was over, so was the sex party. Hagar is such a stallion that he was able to repeat this sexual performance with another five or six after the show. Basically, he was having sex with 10 or 11 girls a night. This was pre-Viagra days, also. Of all the stories, this is the one that is hardest (pun intended) to believe.
  20. He gave up having sex with 50+ girls a week when he met his second wife.
  21. The Van Halen brothers were not happy with the live album “Right Here, Right Now” that they re-recorded their parts. Sammy then had to re-record all the vocals. It turns out that “Right Here, Right Now” is not much of a live album after all.
  22. David Lee Roth not only might be gay but he is also a jerk. Sammy was surprised how tall Roth was but he is hardly a giant at 6’1”.
  23. On the last tour with Van Halen, Eddie was a mess. The best quote from the book is: “Al, Mike, and I did it from the heart. We played our asses off every night. Ed went out there and jerked off.”
  24. Sammy made a fortune when he sold his tequila company. He is so good with money that he could be a billionaire if he wanted to.
  25. Hagar: "I'm not a liar," Hagar writes. "I'd rather tell you the truth and deal with it." Yeah, right Sammy.

Kentucky's Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins are all declaring for the NBA Draft

According to Inside Hoops, Kentucky's Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins are all declaring for the NBA Draft, though it sounds like they're not yet hiring agents.

Most of us that follow the Kentucky Wildcats fully expected that Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight would leave after this year. They are both likely top 15 picks. As I said in this column, Jones’ stock could not get higher. He pretty much has to go before more of his weaknesses are exposed. His playing time would be reduced in the 2011-12 season, also. Knight will be a high pick but he could wait a year and improve slightly. His leaving is not a surprise. The wildcard was DeAndre Liggins. Like Jones, his stock could not get higher. He also has a baby to think about now, also. If he doesn’t get drafted, he will likely go overseas to make some money.

Go here for the rest.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bobby Knight is unhappy with Kentucky again

 This shouldn't come as a big surprise but Bob Knight is bad mouthing Coach Cal and Kentucky again.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Sammy Hagar Red book review: Michael Anthony is bitter

The Foreword was written by Michael Anthony who comes off as a very bitter man.

It is interesting reading about the formation of the band from Anthony’s perspective. He writes about the early Van Halen days but does not mention David Lee Roth until he discusses his departure. Even then, he refers to him only by his last name. Anthony then moves straight into Sammy Hagar joining the band. He writes that Hagar took Van Halen “to a new level” which seems questionable. The Sammy Hagar version of Van Halen is great but Van Halen’s first album is one of the top rock albums of all time. All the other DLR Van Halen albums have great songs on them and compare favorably to any of the Van Hagar albums. Hagar is a better singer and the music did evolve with the use of more acoustic guitar and keyboards but there simply was not a “new level” to be reached after their first album. That is not a criticism of Hagar. Van Halen I was a masterpiece that could not be topped. If Hagar was in the band back then, maybe Van Halen I would have been even better but we can’t rewrite history and that seems farfetched anyway.

Anthony then moves on to his departure from the band. Prior to their final tour with Sammy Hagar on vocals, he “signed away pretty much any future rights to” anything Van Halen to participate. He wanted to be on the tour really badly and gave up a lot to do it. On the other hand, he had plenty of money and most experts regard Anthony as a plodding, predictable, mediocre bass player. Also, we find out later, Anthony did no songwriting and Eddie Van Halen told him what to play, as well. He doesn’t say this but Anthony may have felt like he earned enough for doing what many other bass players could have done.

Also, be sure to check out what I learned from Sammy's tell all book.

How did the recruits do in the Jordan Brand Classic?

Kentucky fans have been reading about their impressive recruiting haul. They all had their shot to show their skills at The Jordan Brand Classic on April 16, 2011. For those that don't know, the game is a high school all-star basketball game played every year in April. The game is sponsored by Foot Locker and features all the best high school players in the country. Very little defense was played by either team. Outside of blocking shots there was never any attempt to defend. The game is meant as a showcase for the players instead of a real basketball game.

Here is how they did.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Should Manny Ramirez be elected into Baseball's Hall of Fame?

Points for:

  1. Manny Ramirez was one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. He is the only player in baseball history to hit .310 or better with 525 homers and 525 doubles.
  2. Led the Red Sox to their first World Series title in years.

Points against:

  1. Ramirez was a poor fielder.
  2. He was a bad teammate.
  3. He was a poor baserunner.
  4. He was busted three times (2003, 2009, 2011) for steroids.
  5. I heard on this from some rando sports talk guy who said he heard it from a good source: Manny Ramirez left a turd on the floor of his apartment in Boston when he moved out.
  6. He is a wife beater.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis knew Carson Palmer wanted out after the final game

It sounds like Carson Palmer wanted to get out of Cincinnati whether Marvin Lewis was resigned or not. There are still many unknowns here since Palmer has not said anything publicly about the situation. The information we have has come from his agent, a real estate agent, and unnamed sources.

Check it out here.

Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto is evolving

Last year, Joey Votto put up the kind of year that is hard to live up to, winning the NL MVP with a monster +7.4 win season and carrying the Reds to the NL Central title. He hit .324/.424/.600 and was essentially Pujolsian throughout the summer. He hit for average, hit for power, took his walks, and stole 16 bases to boot. If you wanted to find a flaw in his game, you’d have to nitpick at things, and maybe you’d start with his slightly elevated strikeout rate, which suggested that he probably couldn’t keep hitting .320+ while racking up 100 whiffs per year.

Check out the rest of this article on Joey Votto.

Which former Wildcat had the best season in the NBA?

Kentucky fans like to keep up with the players after they move onto the NBA.

Click here to see how they stacked up. Who had the best season of all of them?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Coach Cal wants Doron Lamb to put on 15 pounds

Kentucky Coach John Calipari described Doron Lamb as a lottery pick . . . in 2012.
“He and I talked that if he gains 15 pounds of muscle weight, in my opinion, he’ll be a lottery pick a year from now,” the UK coach said. “His feel for the game is as good as any out there. He finally took on a defensive presence (late in the year) and as he gets physically stronger and tougher and rougher you’re not going to take away his feel for the game or his ability to make shots. So I think what happens is him with 15 more pounds, how are you going to guard him?”

Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Wildcats could be loaded next season

Kentucky freshman point Brandon Knight scored 17.3 points a game last season. Terrence Jones scored 15.7 points a game. They haven't decided if they'll declare for the draft yet but if they do, that is a lot of points to replace. Hopefully, they stick around for title number eight, but Coach Cal has a new group to pick up the slack if needed.

Meet the new recruits here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Four reasons why John Calipari is always rumored to go to the NBA

Every April, there are rumors about NBA coaching moves. These rumors usually involve Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. It is annoying but it would be worse for Kentucky to have a coach nobody wanted. A year ago, the Chicago Bulls were said to be interested. At the time, Calipari said he never wanted to leave. This year, it is the New York Knicks (and others) who are said to be interested.

Calipari will always be mentioned as a candidate to jump to an NBA job for four reasons.

Please click here for the reasons.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Who on the Kentucky’s roster should go to the NBA?

The Kentucky Wildcats season has ended in defeat. A Final Four run seemed unlikely at first but when they beat Ohio State, it was clear that a title was within reach. They should have also beaten Connecticut in the Final Four and destroyed Butler in the title game, but it was not to be.

Now that it is over, we turn to the NBA draft. Who should stay at Kentucky and who should take their chances in the real world of professional basketball? Coach Cal is known to give his players open, candid advice about what they should do. What advice will he give to the five players that have a big decision to make? They all have work to do on their game but that isn't what the draft is all about anyway. NBA teams draft players on potential.

Here are the five players that have to make the decision and what they should do.

Say What? Barry Bonds' teammates asked Reds pitchers to throw at him?

 Rob Dibble says that during Bonds’ playing days in Pittsburgh (1986-92), Barry Bonds’ own teammates would ask opposing pitchers to hit Bonds. Dibble pitched for the Reds 1988-93.
“When he was with the Pirates, his teammates would come to Norm Charlton and I and say, ‘We’ll give you a steak dinner if you hit him.’ ” Dibble says he never hit Bonds.

Go here for more.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ranking the Wildcats’ all-time top freshmen

John Calipari has brought in major talent in his two years at Kentucky. Four of the freshmen last year were drafted in the first round of the NBA draft. One or more may do the same thing this year. How do they stack up with the greatest of freshmen in Wildcats history?

Go here to find out.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rumor has it that John Calipari “wants back in” the NBA

Rumors are swirling that Kentucky Coach John Calipari wants to return to the NBA.

Read all about it here.

If you wonder why Coach Cal is often rumored to be headed to the NBA, here are four reasons.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Kentucky loses in the Final Four

Kentucky lost to UConn in the Final Four by a score of 56-55. The Wildcats shot a miserable 33% from the field. The poor shooting reminded many Wildcat fans of the West Virginia game from 2010 when they bricked 28 three-point attempts in the game, going 4-32 from behind the arc.

Check out the rest by clicking here.

Kentucky Basketball: Calipari Wants to Coach NBA Again

Really? Cal wants to go back to the NBA? This could simply be a plea for more money but if he wants to fail in the NBA, good luck.

Go here or here for all the details or here for a summary.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kentucky Basketball: The Wildcats fall to the Huskies 56-55

Kentucky lost to UConn in the Final Four by a score of 56-55. The Wildcats shot a miserable 33% from the field. Brandon Knight took most of their shots going 6-24 and 3-12 from behind the arc.

Even with all that in mind, they still could have won if only they hit more free throws. The Wildcats were a horrible 4-13 (31%) from the line. Terrence Jones had a nice overall game with 16 boards and 11 points but he missed all of his five freebies.

This would be Josh Harrellson's last game. He was pretty much ignored for the final 15 minutes in the game. He has done enough to be drafted. Good luck to Jorts.

Great season, Wildcats!

Ex-Duke star Christian Laettner is searching for a coaching gig

Christian Laettner is searching for a coaching gig.

This dude should never coach at Kentucky. Read about painful UK losses (one of them involves Laettner) here.

Kentucky's John Calipari and the "one and done"

Please comment if you can tell me why Thad Matta gets a free pass on recruiting high level players that only stay in college for one year. Matta has coached five “one-and-dones” with three coming from the 2007 team.

More can read here.

Cincinnati Bengals: Dan Marino thinks the Dolphins should trade third-round pick for Carson Palmer

Marino is crazy. Mikey Brown will not let Palmer go for just a third round pick.

Go here for more if you care.

Kentucky Basketball: Liggins blames "too many egos" on their loss to West Virginia last year

DeAndre Liggins thinks the Wildcats lost last year because there were "too many egos":
"Last year's freshmen were great freshmen," Liggins said, according to Rick Bozich of the Courier-Journal. "But I just think, personally, too many egos. Everybody wanted to be the man.
"This year, everybody doing their role and everybody knows what they gotta to in order for us to win."
DeMarcus Cousins recently tweeted: "Too many egos huh???"

I agree with Cousins on this one. They lost to West Virginia in the Elite Eight last year because they couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat. The Cats bricked 28 three point attempts in the game going 4-32 from behind the arc.

Kentucky Basketball: Preview of the Final Four game with UConn

The University of Connecticut Huskies will take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the Final Four.

Here is everything you need to know.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Kentucky's John Calipari accused of cheating

Here is an article that, without evidence, accuses John Calipari of cheating.

Here is another.

Bob Knight thinks Cal is a cheater also.